Ken Penders wrote:
How many times have you been proud to say you've never read a single issue past your reign? No, fans whining to you doesn't count as a full and unbiased view on the matter.
I don't have to base my opinion on anything fans post. I can easily sum up my opinion on three words -- Dark Egg Legion. Hoo boy. Shows a complete lack of understanding how to handle the characters if that's how they're incorporated in the current mythos.
Besides, Ian himself has posted that Archie and Sega would rather he focus on the core cast than anything I developed, which is why he shoved so much of it aside.
My point with SONIC UNIVERSE is that the spotlight isn't on the headliners, which pretty much answers how I can do a book using everyone but Knuckles. Whether or not you think my work has an audience is immaterial to the discussion.
Ah, but you completely dodged the question there, didn't you? He didn't ask you what your opinion was based on hearsay. He asked why you feel that you can tell others their criticism is invalid for not reading your (unpublished) works, when you are criticizing works you yourself haven't read. Your opinion isn't in question here, it's the fact that you are a hypocrite.
Oh, and, the Dark Egg Legion makes a lot more sense than Echidnas being the most powerful force on the entire planet, and yet still having never done anything to clean it up. You never did answer why Echidnas were so special in the comic, did you? An entire civilization, centuries more advanced than anyone else even after they "abandoned" their tech (with it returning as early as their very first appearance), and they're stymied by... what? Dingos? An even more advanced arm of their own family? What keeps them from just wiping out Eggman, beyond the simple fact that they're lazy?
Now, see, THAT would be a story arc. The Echidnas being shown as flawed, lazy, egotistical hypocrites. However, it was never written that way. They were portrayed as the most powerful force on the planet, and that it was their birthright, and how DARE anyone suggest otherwise. Are you going to suggest Robotnik was beneath them? I mean, that's a little odd when he took over an entire planet in ten years, and has invaded their island multiple times. I guess he's not an Echidna, though, so he's worthless by default.
So, when the time came to try to thrust your future as canon, you didn't even try to explain it. Knuckles literally handwaved him away, so you didn't have to explain why the rest of the world couldn't seem to do it if he was so unimportant. Sure, you can claim you did something great by convincing Sega to let you get rid of Robotnik for 25 issues, but who cares? Literally making a villain you don't like disappear isn't an act of good writing, and you did it TWICE. Endgame and 25YL. The first time it appeared to be hubris, but then you did the exact same "well whatever" handwave to get rid of him again. YEARS after the fact. That long, and you still hadn't come up with anything to do with him?
At that point, it's pretty obvious, you don't care about the Sonic mythos at all. You don't even care about the Knuckles mythos, where they match with Sega. You care about the little world you had to keep running on author fiat, because the comic wasn't about it at all. In that case, why would you even try to recreate it like this? You could easily just separate the Sega elements from your own entirely, since yours don't even connect at all. No one would care.
The issue, of course, is that then it wouldn't sell. No one would care. So, you're trying to keep what you can that you didn't originate; the design of Echidnas, the concept of the floating island, the designation of Guardian (something Sega had applied to Knuckles in the past), and hey, look at this, characters and stories too. Unless Knuckles has mysteriously died in a freak accident and somehow is never referred to by name ("Dad", "Your father", "That Guardian"), you can't use him. He's never been yours, ever. Plus the rest of the Sonic world can't be used, either. Everything has to take place on this island, floating in the sky. Completely disconnected from everything it would have had in the past. You have to write in a little bubble, to keep from stepping on toes. All to make sure that Sega won't have even more legal recourse to swoop in and slap you down.
For what, though? Why would you do that to yourself? The possible added money from sales due to the connections aren't worth the legal bills and hassle. You're poisoning your career over something as petty as a ten year old comic most people only remember as "that Knuckles thing". As I said before, the only thing I can see happening from this is you're looking for a settlement. You want Archie and Sega to throw up their hands, and give you something to make you just go away. Of course, if they don't agree to that, you're pretty much done for. Whether or not you are technically correct with regards to legal status, these are large companies. If they want to, they will roll you over. Oh sure, it'll cost them more than it would to hand you a settlement, but that's not guaranteed. They could just keep throwing lawyers and appeals your way every time you try to take a step.
So, why do you think a multitude of people think you're a jerk, despite you being the underdog against a big corporation? It's because you treat everyone like they're beneath you, you skip answering the questions that people want to know, you badmouth things you've admitted you've never read, and you frankly just come off like a jackass all the time. You know how Frank Miller's work can generally be summed up with "WHORES WHORES WHORES" these days? You're "ECHIDNAS ECHIDNAS ECHIDNAS" and that's all anyone really remembers you for now. This is very much not changing that; it's clinging to the past as hard as you can, trying to make it work again about 14 years too late. I loved the Knuckles comics back in the day; I reread those story arcs over and over. Going back to them now, though, they're crap. They have plot holes, they have Mary Sues everywhere, and they are completely disconnected from the rest of the world. You want to go back to that, to the crap I liked when I was 10. Well, I'm quite a bit older now. As are the rest of the people who loved your work back when they didn't know better. That crap doesn't cut it anymore, and you of all people should know that.